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By Michael Barrett

Steve Wymore selected as new Red Lake Schools Superintendent

Projected to start August 1, 2011


RED LAKE – The School Board of the Red Lake Public School District has selected Steve Wymore, currently Superintendent at Lake of the Woods Community Schools, to fill the school district’s superintendent vacancy on July 11, 2011. Outgoing Superintendent Brent Gish, who is retiring, will be working closely with the Board of Education during the transition period. Wymore is expected to be offered a contract at the next regular school board meeting and should be on board on August 1, 2011.

Originally, five finalists were selected from a pool of 13 applicants based on criteria established by the School Board. The finalists were: Kevin Abrahamson, Curriculum Coordinator and Principal, St. Louis County Schools; William Higgins, Superintendent, Tuba City Unified School District; Melinda Jezierski, Curriculum Director, West Central Education District; James Murphy, former Principal, Shakopee High School; and Steve Wymore. Three of the five candidates took other positions prior to the interviews, leaving just Abrahamson and Wymore.

The School Board interviewed the two remaining finalists on Monday, July 11th and determined Wymore was the best fit for the District at this time. Had neither candidate met the criteria of the Board, the position would have been readvertised and another superintendent search conducted.

About Mr. Wymore

Steve Wymore grew up in Mayville, ND attending Mayville High School and Mayville State College. He graduated from Mayville State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Composite Music Major. Mr. Wymore worked his way through college as a staff announcer for KMAV 1520 Radio in Mayville.

Mr. Wymore's first teaching tenure was in Tolna, ND. He taught K-12 Vocal Music and 5-12 Instrumental Music. Mr. Wymore served as an Assistant Football Coach, Assistant Director for two school musicals ("You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" and "Lil Abner"), co-wrote and performed in two community musicals, and was a Charter Member of the Tolna Lions Club.

After teaching two years in Tolna, Mr. Wymore moved to Argyle, MN where he met and married his wife Carolyn. Mr. Wymore served the Argyle Public School as a 7-12 Vocal Music Instructor and 5-12 Instrumental Instructor. He also worked for the Summer Migrant Program in Argyle as well as Keller & Associates Professional Painting. During Steve's seven year tenure in Argyle, the Wymore's son, Seth, was born.

Steve then pursued a career in insurance and mutual fund sales with Lutheran Brotherhood. This career change led to a move to Crookston, MN where the Wymore's lived for two years. While serving in Crookston, the Wymore's daughter Katy was born. Mr. Wymore also served on the Trinity Lutheran Church Council, Trinity Lutheran Church Choir Director, Crookston Chapter of the JayCees and was the Brownsfield Award Winner for the Outstanding First Year Jaycee moving through regional competition and going on to the Minnesota State Jaycee competition for the Brownsfield Award. Mr. Wymore was also a member of the Crookston Lions Club.

Mr. Wymore returned to education accepting a position in the Grygla-Gatzke Public Schools in Grygla, MN. There Steve served the district as a 7-12 Vocal Music Instructor and 5-12 Instrumental Instructor as well as the Junior High Boys Basketball Coach. In Grygla, Steve was a member of the Grygla-Gatzke JayCees and Grace Lutheran Church.

From Grygla, the Wymore's moved to Warroad, MN where Steve served a 15 year tenure as a K-12 Vocal Music Instructor and the last couple of years additionally as a Middle School Computer Teacher. Mr. Wymore served on the Warroad City Council from 1993-2001. As City Councilor Steve was Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board, Intergovernmental Cooperative Board, Police Commission, Liquor Commission, Utilities Commission, Planning Commission, and Finance Committee. During Mr. Wymore's tenure in Warroad, he pursued his Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration at Bemidji State University. His Masters research paper was entitled, "Institutionalization of Staff Development Strategies" and was reviewed and accepted in August of 1998. He then went on to seek his Sixth Year Certificate from St. Cloud State University completing the certification in Educational Administration in 2001. Mr. Wymore began his administrative career in Herman, MN in July, 2003. As the Superintendent/K-12 Principal, he implemented Multi-Age Grouping in the K-6 Program. During his tenure in Herman, Steve applied, interviewed and accepted a position in Willow River, MN where he began service as Superintendent/K-4 Principal.

During Mr Wymore's first year in Willow River beginning July1, 2004, the district learned that it was in Statutory Operating Debt. Mr. Wymore led the process which implemented budget reductions of $200,000 for the 2005-06 School Year. During his tenure at Willow River Public Schools, a major responsibility for Mr. Wymore was to develop and implement a Statutory Operating Debt (SOD) plan. As a cost saving measure the staff at Willow River Schools implemented Site Based Management Strategies to offset the replacement of a K-12 Principal. It was anticipated that the Willow River School District would be out of SOD and have a positive fund balance by June 30, 2009. As of June 30, 2006 the Willow River Schools undesignated unreserved fund balance was a positive $188,504. This represents a positive $523,670 turn-around from the negative $335,166 undesignated unreserved fund balance recorded June 30, 2005.

The Willow River Public Schools has eliminated the SOD condition of the district. The Willow River School District undesignated unreserved fund balance as of June 30, 2007 was a positive $743,503. Two teachers from the Willow River Schools presented "Site-Based Management Team Concept: A School Without A Principal" during the "Show and Tell" exhibits at the 2007 Minnesota School Boards Association annual conference in Minneapolis January 11, 2007. In addition, Willow River Schools was awarded the 2007 School Finance Award by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner, Alice Seagren wrote:

"Dear Mr. Wymore:

On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Division of Program Finance, I wish to express my heartfelt congratulations to you, your business staff and the Board of Education for earning the School Finance Award this year. I hope you share the good news with

your local media and citizen groups.

The award reflects a compliance with Minnesota Statutes on selected finance issues. It also reflects a proactive stance by the district on positive fund balances, sound fiscal policies and practices, training initiatives and accountability.

I have enclosed a copy of the School Finance Award certificate for your use. It is signed by Tom Melcher, Director and Colleen Leemon, Supervisor of Program Finance. They both extend their congratulations as well. A list of award winners is shared at several department events as well as those sponsored by the Minnesota School Boards Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials.

Again, I congratulate you and your team.


Alice Seagren


Mr. Wymore applied for, interviewed and accepted a position as Superintendent of the Lake of the Woods Public School effective July 2, 2007. He lives in his home south of the City of Baudette with his wife of 27 years, Carolyn. Their son, Seth, who is a graduate student pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Science at Bemidji State University, and a daughter Katy, who is seeking her Associate of Arts Degree and certification in Massage Therapy at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN, are happy to call Lake of the Woods County, home.


September 8, 2010

Saint Paul – Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Steven R. Wymore to the Board of School Administrators.

Wymore, of Baudette, is the superintendent of the Lake of the Woods Public Schools, a position he has held since 2007. Previously, he was the superintendent/K-4 principal with the Willow River Schools, and superintendent/K-12 principal with the Herman-Norcross School District. He also held teaching positions with the Warroad, Grygla-Gatzke, Argyle, and Tolna (North Dakota) Public Schools. Wymore earned his sixth year certificate from St. Cloud State University, his master of science degree in educational administration from Bemidji State University, and his bachelor of science degree from Mayville State College in Mayville, North Dakota. He has been an active member in the communities where he has lived, including serving on the Warroad City Council, and a member of the local Jaycees, Lions Clubs, and his church. Wymore replaces Mark Wolak on the Board of School Administrators as a representative of school superintendent, and is appointed to complete a four-year term that expires on January 6, 2014.

The Board of School Administrators is responsible for the licensing of school administrators; the approval of higher education programs and continuing education courses for school administrators; and the enforcement of the code of ethics for school administrators. The board is made up of 10 members appointed by the Governor.


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